Software Engineer - #0050876

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Publish Date: 
Wednesday, July 29, 2020
Archive Date: 
Wednesday, August 26, 2020
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Job Summary
Job Category: 
Scientific/Technical Staff
Institution Classification/Type: 
Space Telescope Science Institute
Street Line 1: 
3700 San Martin Drive
United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 

Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) is the science operations center for several NASA missions, including the Hubble Space Telescope, the most famous space observatory in history. We also lead the science and mission operations for the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), planned to launch in 2021 and will perform parts of the science operations for the Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope (Roman), in formulation for launch in the mid-2020s.

At STScI, we are building an innovative, cloud-based science platform for the processing and analysis of astronomical observations from these flagship missions. STScI is seeking a Software Engineer to develop an innovative science platform and contribute new software to support the calibration of observations to enable the next generation of discoveries in astrophysics.

You will collaborate with a Data Management team that is passionate about the work they do in support of astronomers around the world. We offer an excellent and generous benefits package, tuition reimbursement, flexible work schedules and a stimulating and diverse work environment.

Your primary responsibilities in this job include:

In this position, you will be responsible for developing software for processing astronomical data in a fast paced multi-mission environment. You will build calibration software capable of precise reductions of astronomical observations and interact with astronomers to deliver innovate solutions to solve cutting-edge astronomical problems.

Additional responsibilities include:

  • Developing software for astronomy data reductions
  • Contributing to open source Python packages for scientific analysis
  • Automating pipeline processing and data quality monitoring

Your Qualifications and Job Requirements:

You are able to identify problems and implement solutions and offer guidance to development teams and end-users.

  • Expertise in using Python
  • Familiarity with open source libraries like numpy, scipy, astropy
  • Familiarity using Git in a team setting
  • Familiarity with software testing tools
  • Familiarity with spectroscopy and astronomical data reduction is a plus
  • Strong teamwork, analytical, problem-solving, planning and organizational skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills are essential
  • This position requires US Citizenship or Permanent Residence in order to meet ITAR requirements.

Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, Engineering, Astronomy, or Physics or related field and 2+ years of experience. The position level and salary are commensurate with education and experience.

To Apply:  This position is available immediately. Applications received by August 29, 2020 will receive full consideration. Applications received after this date will be considered until the position is filled. You are requested to complete an on-line application through the STScI website at

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The Space Telescope Science Institute is at the forefront of space borne scientific exploration through its operation of NASA’s flagship class missions including Hubble (in-flight), James Webb (nearing flight), and WFIRST (in-development) space telescopes.

STScI is located on the Johns Hopkins University Homewood campus in Baltimore, Maryland. An easy commute from the rolling hills of Maryland horse country, the campus is minutes from the lively downtown cultural center and the Chesapeake Bay. Explore our benefits here:

STScI has most staff working virtually from home during the COVID-19 crisis. The safety of our staff and community is our top priority. We will continue to interview and screen candidates in this new virtual landscape. Offers of employment can be extended and new hires will on-board virtually.  We will then ship systems to you to enable working from home until it is safe to report to our Baltimore offices. If applicable, relocation benefits will be available to those eligible when travel can be supported but employees are required to be resident in the Baltimore-Washington area.

AURA, as a leader in the astronomical community, is committed to diversity and inclusion. AURA develops and supports programs that advance our organizational commitment to diversity, broaden participation, and encourage the advancement of diversity throughout the astronomical scientific workforce. Learn more at

As a recipient of U.S. Government funding, AURA is considered a government contractor and is subject to Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action regulations. As an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer, AURA and all of the centers, do not discriminate based on race, sex, color, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity/gender identity expression, lawful political affiliations, veteran status, disability, and/or any other legally protected status under applicable federal, state, and local equal opportunity laws. The statements below as well as the requests for self-identification are required pursuant to these regulations. We encourage your participation in meeting these federal reporting requirements which are included for protection and to assist us in our record keeping and reporting. Your responses are kept strictly confidential.

STScI sees the diversity of our staff as a strategic priority in our desire to create a first-rate scientific community. We reflect that deep commitment in strongly encouraging women, minorities, veterans and disabled individuals to apply for these opportunities.

Veterans, disabled individuals or wounded warriors needing assistance with the employment process can contact us at EOE/AA/M/F/D/V

Included Benefits: 
Application Deadline: 
Saturday, August 29, 2020
Selection Deadline: 
Saturday, August 29, 2020
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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Shelly Abrams
Senior Employment Specialist
Space Telescope Science Institute
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Human Resources
Street Line 1: 
3700 San Martin Drive
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United States of America
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